Judoka of the Month : Ronnie - September 2012 Check out our facebook page here!
This month's judoka of the month goes to Ronnie Reighard. Ronnie was a “good fit” for the club from the very beginning. His friendly disposition, sense of humor, and dedication to hard work found a comfortable home in the Lancaster Judo Club right from the start. When Ronnie went for his first promotion he tested and demonstrated so well that Roy Englert a Judoka that is so well accomplished that he is certified to referee in the Olympics suggested that he not only get promoted from his white belt to the next rank of white/yellow belt but promote him four ranks to the orange belt. I, as his sensei would not ask for this even though he deserved it. This is something that I hope one of the other members of the Board of Examiners would notice and bring up for approval. Luckily Roy did. It was at that point that the Board asked me for some background on Ronnie and I had the opening to go into my full fledged salesman mode. I told the board about Ronnie’s work ethic, his character, and how he raised a garden and sold the veggies from a table in his front yard as well as going door to door selling hoagies all in a effort to pay for his judo lessons himself. At this point Roy called for a vote from the Board which I abstained from and the Board of Examiners unanimously voted for a quadruple promotion for Ronnie. Another thing that impresses me about Ronnie is his fearless attitude when it comes to randori. I remember when I was a high school wrestler it was common for a sophomore to be intimidated by an older senior wrestler. Not so with Ronnie he will fight anybody no questions asked. All these reasons are why Ronnie is this month's Judoka of the Month.

I have been doing judo for about 18 months now. I placed 2nd in the Virginia opens and eastern opens. I had a quadruple promotion ranking me to my orange belt. I’m now an advanced yonkyu. The reason I joined judo is because I have always enjoyed martial arts and have had a natural talent for it. I took taekwondo when I was seven and took wrestling in seventh grade. I enjoy judo more than I ever enjoyed wrestling, mostly because of the sensei’s. I enjoy the workout that judo gives me and also the techniques.


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